Chapter 3D: Selected Economic Policy Issues – The U.S. Economy and the Developing Nations: Complexity, Challenge, and Choices

After reading Chapter 3D: Selected Economic Policy Issues – The U.S. Economy and the Developing Nations: Complexity, Challenge, and Choices from Economic Justice for All, reflect on the following questions and consider posting your responses in the comment section below.

Supplemental Readings & Resources:

Caritas Internationalis is the global confederation of over 160 national Catholic charities, serving all poor people, of all faiths, all over the world.  Caritas North America consists of three organizations from the United States and Canada: Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, and Development and Peace Canada.

In 2000, the world came together to make its biggest promise ever – to build a better world for humanity by 2015. The Millennium Declaration was a milestone in cooperation, committing the 189 member states of the United Nations to ambitious but achievable targets.  Caritas Internationalis made a promise and a deep moral commitment to work on behalf of Catholics worldwide to meet the Millennium Development Goals.   As a result, the lives of millions of people around the world have already improved.  Plans are currently under way to develop new goals to be met by 2030.  Check out the following for more information:

Caritas Voices Against Poverty – a website with a wealth of information

Caritas Voices Against Poverty: Action Overview – ideas for taking action

Millennium Development Goals: 2014 Progress Chart  (United Nations, 2014)

The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet (United Nations, 2014)

Discussion Questions:

  1. The bishops speak of global interdependence and describe “the scandal of the shocking inequality between the rich and the poor” in the world.  In what ways is global interdependence increasingly evident in our world?
  2. How do problems such as Third World debt, famine and starvation, and ecological neglect affect us as Americans?
  3. What personal and social actions can Americans take to assist the poor of the Third World?  Why is such action in our own interest?
  4. The bishops point out that many of the reforms suggested in this chapter would be expensive.  They conclude by saying “the question is not whether the United States can provide the necessary funds to meet our social needs, but whether we have the political will to do so.”  What do you think it will take for the United States to muster the necessary political will to implement some of the proposals the bishops recommend?
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